Over the President’s Day weekend, my boyfriend Jake and I took a road trip up to Barrington, Rhode Island to visit his sweet grandmother, Grammy!
We took the opportunity to explode all over Rhode Island, including Providence, Warren, Cranston, Warwick, Portsmouth, and Newport.
One thing that Jake and I love to do when we’re traveling is visit local breweries, and Rhode Island did not disappoint. The Rhode Island Brewers Guild actually has a really fun program called the “brewery passport” where you can visit different breweries, receive a stamp, and earn fun rewards for doing so!
Jake and I were only in town for 3 days, but we were able to hit 7 breweries on the list!
Our first stop and favourite brewery by far was Ragged Island Brewing Company! Their brewers were kind and knowledgeable, and gave us some great advice about what to do while we were in town. I was so in love with their Ripples sour beer that I bought some to take home!
Another favourite on the list was Revival Brewing Company. This brewery was fun to visit because they had arcade games (Jake kicked my ass in skeeball…), a movie playing from a projector onto the wall (Ferris Bueller’s Day Off), and of course some super yummy beers. I am a sucker for any type of sour beer, and I loved their Hail Beary Blueberry Sour Ale (pictured below!)
Next on the list was Apponaug Brewing Company which had a great atmosphere, yummy beers, and great food! We loved this little aesthetic corner of the brewery and how open the space was. There was no divide between us and the brewing equipment which was really neat to see! Our table here was actually a barrel which really set the brewery mood.
We also stopped by Newport Craft Brewing and Distilling, which was definitely Jake’s favourite spot because he wants to own his own distillery. This one was especially neat because it was decorated with prohibition style decor. Unfortunately for me, their sour and fruity beers were tapped when we visited, but Jake fell in love with their Rhode Trip IPA. After this, we decided to call our trip up to RI a #RhodeTrip as well!
We also visited Proclamation Ale Company, Trinity Brewhouse and Union Station Brewery! We didn’t get to spend as much time as we would’ve liked here because we had such a short visit and lots of other fun spots to hit, but it was still really fun to stop by!
After visiting all 7 breweries, we earned a Rhode Island Brewers Guild pint glass! This was a great little souvenir to take home to remember our time visiting the breweries in Rhode Island.
Visiting breweries wasn’t the only thing we did in Rhode Island. We also spent the day in Newport with Jake’s sweet Grammy and she showed us around the Breakers Mansion.
The mansion was built as the Newport summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II, a member of the wealthy Vanderbilt family, in an architectural style based on the Italian Renaissance. This 70-room mansion is 125,339 square feet and was constructed between 1893 and 1895.
This place was more beautiful than I could’ve ever imagined. Pictures don’t even do it justice! Jake and I decided that this was going to be our future home.
Our last and most special stop in Newport was when we drove along Ocean Drive, which is 10 miles of historic landmarks and stunning coastal views.
At one point, we pulled over at the Brenton Point State Park and Jake and I jumped out onto the rocks to experience the views a little closer up. This was indescribable.
Our little vacation to Rhode Island was filled with so much joy. Every second that we spent there felt like magic! It definitely left us wanting to come back and experience more of the beauty that RI has to offer. This was definitely a trip that we will remember forever.